Coronavirus Diseas-19(COVID-19)

Sidra Medicine is working closely with Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health and Hamad Medical Corporation to ensure that we are supporting the nation and its people in this time. As a healthcare institution, we are also taking all precautions for our staff and our patients and following the guidance and advice received from the Ministry of Public Health.

We recommend sticking to credible sources of information at all times. The Ministry of Public Health has a health advice page on its website and its public COVID-19 hotline is 16000.

On this website you fill find:


Basic questions about the new Coronavirus-19 (COVID-19)

What is (COVID-19)?

The Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a novel (new) strain of Coronavirus. It is considered to be very similar to many Coronaviruses that are typically transmitted from animals to humans. However, this novel virus is reported to have been transmitted from human to human with a course of illness that ranges from mild to moderate symptoms in the majority of people with the infection.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Reported illnesses have ranged from people being mildly sick to people being severely ill. Symptoms can include:

People who have chronic diseases and low immunity may experience severe symptoms and complications or even death.

How is COVID-19 diagnosed?

There is a test for COVID-19 that involves collecting swabs from both the nose and the throat.

How is COVID-19 treated?

There is currently no vaccine or treatment available to treat COVID-19. People infected with COVID-19 receive medical care to relieve their symptoms.

If you suspect you are ill and have flu-like symptoms,

please stay home and call Qatar’s MOPH COVID-19 hotline 16000


Patient Information

Visitors and Companions

In order to safeguard the health and wellbeing of the staff, visitors and patients, Sidra Medicine is implementing the following precautionary measures on inpatient visitors and those accompanying patients at appointments to prevent and contain the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

One adult visitor / companion for women and two adults for children.

We appreciate your compliance and understanding.

Appointments and Elective surgeries

Following the current development of the COVID-19 and in the interest of public health and patient safety, Sidra Medicine is implementing precautionary measures as of 17/03/2020:

For pediatric services:

All scheduled appointments and elective surgeries for children will be rescheduled to a later date (except infusion and dialysis clinics). Sidra Medicine may contact you for a phone consultation based on a clinical evaluation.

For women's services:

For women’s scheduled appointments, Sidra Medicine will contact you for a phone consultation prior to the appointment date.

We apologize for the inconvenience caused. Thank you for your understanding and patience.
If you have any questions, please contact Sidra Medicine at 40033333

Pharmacy timings

Following the current development of the COVID-19 and in the interest of public health and patient safety , Sidra Medicine is implementing precautionary measures as of 23/03/2020 for pharmacy services:

For women's pharmacy services:

Pharmacy on the outpatient 4th floor will remain open as usual.

For pediatric pharmacy services:

Pharmacy will be providing a drive through collection service at the outpatient clinic building. Due to entry restrictions, walk-in and unscheduled requests will not be processed.

For medication requests call 4003 0030, Sunday to Thursday, 7.30 am to 3.00 pm.

Requests received by 10.00 am, will be ready for same day collection, between 12.00 pm and 3.00 pm.

Requests received after 10.00 am will be ready for collection the next day, between 8.00 am and 11.00 am.

Card payment only is accepted at the drive through collection point.

If you have any questions, please contact Sidra Medicine at 40033333.

https://www.sidra.org/patients-visitors/after-your-visit/pharmacy/

How to protect your family from COVID-19?

The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus. There are some basic preventive actions you can apply to protect yourself and your family:

Should I travel during this time?

The State of Qatar urges all citizens and residents to avoid all but essential travel at this time. We recommend following the Qatar Government Communications Office website and social media for updates pertaining to travel restrictions in the country.


How to talk to your children about COVID-19

The Children and Adolescent Mental Health (CAHMS) team at Sidra Medicine advise parents to talk to their children about COVID-19, and make them aware of the severity of the situation.

It is important that parents answer their children’s questions frankly to help them understand what is going around them which in turn will positively affect their physical and mental health.

We recommend parents take the following approach:

Reassurance:

Maintaining a safety routine:

Caring:

Pregnant and worried about COVID-19?

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Information for pregnant women and their families

COVID-19 is a new infectious illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It is caused by a virus called coronavirus.

There is currently little information about the effects of COVID-19 on pregnant women. However, since pregnant women experience changes in their bodies, this may increase their risk of catching some infections and getting sicker if they do, when compared to others who are not pregnant.

As with the current situation related to COVID-19, Sidra Medicine advices pregnant women to follow the instructions from Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) and call the hotline number 16000 if they have any questions or concerns.

To reduce the risk of catching COVID-19, please follow these general instructions:

Common questions if you are pregnant and have been diagnosed with COVID-19:

1. What should I do if I think I may have COVID-19 or if I have been exposed?

Call Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) hotline 16000, if you are pregnant and you have the following conditions:

2. What should I do if I have been diagnosed with COVID-19?

You will be treated in a COVID -19 site hospital arranged by Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health. Please note that Sidra Medicine is not a COVID-19 hospital site and will not admit suspected or COVID-19 positive patients.

3. What should I do if I am advised to self-isolate?

Pregnant women who have been advised to self-isolate should stay indoors and avoid contact with others for 14 days. This means:

4. Can I still attend my antenatal appointments if I am in self-isolation?

5. How will my care be managed after I have recovered from COVID-19?

As a precautionary approach, you will be asked to do an ultrasound 14 days after your recovery, to check that your baby is well. If you have recovered from COVID-19 and tested negative for the virus, your previous illness will not affect how and where you give birth unless instructed otherwise.

6. If I am diagnosed with COVID-19, how would this affect my baby?

It is still unknown at this time if COVID-19 would cause problems during pregnancy or affect the health of the baby after birth. Early/ Premature births have been reported among infants born to mothers that caught the COVID-19 virus during pregnancy however, it is not clear that these outcomes were related to pregnancy infection.

7. What do I do if I feel unwell, worried about my baby or experience labor pains during self-isolation?

If you have any of the above concerns during your self-isolation period, call Qatar’s MOPH Hotline 16000 and you may be advised to go to a MOPH designated site for pregnancy related care.

Pregnant women on self-isolation or those who have been exposed and have COVID-19 symptoms are advised not to visit Obstetrics triage or an Outpatient Clinic unless in need of urgent medical care.

If you are a Sidra Medicine patient and would like to speak to one of our obstetricians, please call 40031419 for further advice.

8. What do I need to know if I have the COVID-19 infection and I am in labor?

9. If I have the COVID-19 infection, will it affect how I give birth?

There is currently no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 may affect how you may give birth. Your original birth plan should be followed as closely as possible and based on your wishes. However, if you have severe breathing difficulty indicating urgent delivery, then a cesarean birth may be recommended.

There is no evidence that women with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cannot have an epidural or a spinal block. However, the use of gas and air (Entonox =Nitrous Oxide) may increase the spread of the virus via aerosolization and is not recommended. Therefore other options may be discussed.

10. Will my baby be tested for COVID-19?

Yes, if you have suspected or confirmed COVID-19 at the time your baby is born, your baby will be tested for COVID-19.

11. Will I be able to stay with my baby/give skin-to-skin if I have suspected or confirmed COVID-19?

If you are confirmed to have COVID-19, you will be at an MOPH designated hospital site and will be asked to follow the recommendations of their medical team.
Based on the severity of the medical condition of the baby and/or the mother, separation will be advised by the medical team in a case by case basis.

12. Will I be able to breastfeed my baby?

At the moment there is no evidence that the virus can be carried in breastmilk, it is recommended that you continue to breastfeed and follow your medical team’s advice based on the situation.
The main risk of breastfeeding is close contact between you and your baby leading to infection of the baby after birth. When breastfeeding, the following precautions are recommended:


Disclaimer: Information related to COVID-19 is constantly evolving with several updates and recommendations daily. Sidra Medicine recommends following credible sources of information including Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health (MOPH); the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta USA.


In addition to the above we offer a preconception service for women with mental illness or past history of serious mental illness who are planning a pregnancy and seeking advice regarding what medications, treatment and support will help them remain emotionally well.